Head of Finance (f/m/d)

Head of Finance (f/m/d)

locationBrussels, Belgium
remoteFully remote
PublishedPublished: 26.9.2022
Finance, Accounting & Legal
Full time
Mid-senior level

Head of Finance

Job description

Do you want to join us on our mission to shape democracies for the digital age? Are you looking for an international and fast-paced, yet collaborative and inclusive environment to thrive in?

You have come to the right place.

CitizenLab, a global social impact scale-up with its European HQ in Brussels and presence in the US, works to make public decision-making more participatory, inclusive, and responsive. The SaaS platform is already being used by 300+ local governments and organizations in over 18 countries, facilitating two-way communication between governments and their residents. Since it was founded in 2015, CitizenLab has given 750,000+ community members a direct voice in local politics, has earned recognition as the 'Best Social Impact Startup in Europe', and was featured in outlets such as The New York Times and Forbes.

CitizenLab is looking for purpose-driven talent to join us on our mission to enable millions of people in cities across the globe to shape the future of their communities.

Head of Finance at CitizenLab

As our Head of Finance, you will be in charge of the financial management of the organisation. You will be reporting to the COO and work closely with the CEO on strategic topics. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Forecast financial results on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.

  • Model our budgets and keep us on track.

  • Provide financial insights to management and board for critical business decisions.

  • Develop and implement cost reduction strategies on all fronts, from internal tools to international payroll.

  • Ensure smooth cash collection and bring process efficiency to our financial workflows.

  • Report on financial company KPIs and leverage data to assess company performance on all fronts.

  • Work with the CEO on fundraising and other key strategic financial topics.


What do we expect from you?

  • 2+ years of experience as a Head or Director of Finance in a tech environment, preferably in SaaS scale-up setting.

  • Exceptional competency in financial planning, forecasting, and reporting. Sound knowledge of accounting principles and cash flow management.

  • An analytical mind with a keen eye for details. Ability to identify and resolve all discrepancies as soon as they arise.

  • Tech-savvy with a strong data analysis skillset and eagerness to automate wherever possible. You're familiar with analytics and productivity tools like Zapier, Google Sheets, and more. Experience with BI tools is a plus.

  • Hands-on and self-starter attitude. You know when to do things yourself and when to delegate.

  • International work experience. Your English is impeccable and it would be a big plus if you speak Dutch too. You work from a European time zone.

An eagerness to learn, talent, and enthusiasm are more important than ticking all the boxes. If you don’t meet all of the listed requirements but are motivated and excited about the role, we want to hear from you!

What can you expect from us?

  • Unlock your full potential and create social impact at scale through our open-source product. Day-to-day, we work with local government leaders across the world to help them connect with their communities.

  • Become a key factor in our rapid growth as a scaleup (75 employees), and contribute to our international expansion.

  • Work in a fast-paced, collaborative, and supportive environment. We share a participatory culture of autonomy and ownership by everyone, not only by leadership.

  • Be part of our dynamic, international team. We are as serious about our work in digital democracy as we are about having fun on our journey together.

  • Enjoy an informal work vibe with open communication and full transparency on results.

  • Participate in our various in-person and remote team events, inspiring team lunches, our company book club, bi-quarterly strategic town halls, and yearly global team retreats.

  • Spend 10% of your time on personal projects and self-development for the long run. We’re committed to both collective and individual growth.

  • Receive a competitive remuneration package. Our benefits include 26 days PTO, a professional development budget, a collective bonus plan, your own laptop, full flexibility in working from home, and much more.

CitizenLab is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. Whilst we are proud of our cultural diversity and gender parity, we are aware of the limited racial diversity in our team and are committed to making a change on this. We strongly encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.

Years of experience

  • Mid-senior level